Hyndland seems quite happy just doing its own thing. Finnieston and Partick have been busy vying with each other for the title of coolest neighbourhood in the city, exploding with creative energy, producing pop-ups at a ferocious rate and working hard at maintaining a state of flux. Meanwhile, at the top of the hill, amidst the ever-so-slightly faded grandeur of Victorian and Edwardian leafy streets and red sandstone tenements, Hyndland remains in a state of vaguely bohemian contentment.
Hyndland Road hasn’t had the same influx of new businesses that has driven Dumbarton Road and Argyle Street into the city conversation about food and drink. Around these streets, the likes of Nick’s Bar and Grill, Hyndland Fox and the Jelly Hill Cafe cater to a captive audience locally.
Epicures of Hyndland is a focal point for the neighbourhood. In the evening times, this is very much the busy brasserie with a fashionable bunch ordering more white wine or prosecco to go with their chicken schnitzel, grilled mackerel, butternut squash curry or monkfish and chorizo stew.
Lunchtimes finds local epicures popping in to exchange gossip over sandwiches, light bites or more robust fare like steak frites, moules frites or fish and chips. Their chips are very good in any language, as is whatever chef serves up beside it.
If you are eating clean, just order the superfood salad with roasted squash, beets, sweet potato, kale, cous cous, avocado, pine nuts and pumpkin seeds.
Today’s visit was a brief one. So, a Cuban sandwich – roast ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and Dijon mustard mayo – and smashed avocado on toast with sunblushed tomato and goats cheese was the order.
If you are going to put ubiquitious cliche-inviting hipster-bait like smashed avocado on the menu, you may as well make sure it’s damn tasty, and it was. A simple wee thing, but very pleasant.
The Cuban didn’t exactly represent what we have come to expect from this sandwich after trips to Florida, where it originated.
It was however a commendable Glasgow approximation. A tasty lunch. It also came with those top quality fries we mentioned earlier. The pork was particularly flavourful. More of this type of thing please. Life’s too short for disappointing sandwiches.
Check out the outside terrace here the next time the sun shines.
159 Hyndland Road
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159 HYNDLAND ROAD GLASGOW G12 9JA
On the Menu: Epicures of Hyndland
Smashed Avocado on Toast, Sunblushed Tomato £5.95
Grilled Langoustines, Garlic Butter, Toasted Bloomer, Mixed Leaf Salad £9.95
Moules Frites – West Coast Mussels, Garlic, Onion, Cream, Skinny Fries, Bloomer Bread £12.50
Superfood Salad – Roasted Squash, Beets, Sweet Potato, Kale, Cous Cous, Avocado, Pine Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds £10.95
Cuban – Roast Ham, Pork, Swiss Cheese, Pickles & Dijon Mustard mayo £8.00